Ok so my last post stated that I would try to incorporate some skills that I hoped to acquire while writing my first novel (first draft vs. second draft). I read about developing my characters, showing action instead of telling it etc. This sounded easy enough and even when I thought about it, I knew exactly what I was going to change and how I was going to do it.
So I get up early one day excited to start actually developing my story so readers will like it. With a hot cup of coffee in hand I sit at my desk, open my laptop and opened the file for my manuscript. I can feel the creative juices literally flowing through me. The pages appear before me and I freeze. All those ideas were gone. Where do I begin? What happens if I change the way one scene is written or even one little conversation? I started feeling slightly overwhelmed at the idea of having to go back and change other things so what did I do? I closed my laptop, walked away and thought some more. This did not make it better.
The entire process is overwhelming but the book isn’t going to write itself. Just like this blog isn’t going to write itself. I think the hardest obstacle for me is the fear of being rejected, putting my work out there after I’ve poured hours of energy into creating what I hope to be a satisfying reading experience for people to find out that no one likes it. All I can say is that when I do consider a certain chapter or scene complete it’s only after I’ve spent hours and hours going over it and know that it’s the best I can put out there.
Right now in this stage I have to get past the fear of not being able to please everyone. My stories may not appeal to the masses and not everyone is going to like what I write but I can’t let that stop me from pushing forward. This is what I love to do.
I’d love to hear your stories about writing and what you find is the most difficult part. Whether you’re a new writer or a pro, I think we can all offer some inspiration to others and help them get through.